Understand Your Medications
Start with learning the names and dosage of the medication you need to take. It’s also helpful to know the side effects that may occur. Keep a list of your medications with you for doctor appointments or emergency care.
Taking new medications can be overwhelming, but getting organized can help smooth the transition. Try using a pillbox that’s organized by days of the week. At the start of each week, fill it with your medication to make it easier to remember what you need to take and when.
Stick To A Schedule
Always take your medication as directed, at the same time of the day. Even if you’re feeling good, you need to keep taking your medication. Skipping doses can lead to the medication not working as well or other health problems.
Keep A Medication Log
Use your log to track when you take each dose, the dose amount and how you feel after taking it. When you have your check-ins with your doctor, you can use your log to determine if any adjustments need to be made. It can also be used to remind you when it’s time to renew your prescriptions so you’re never without medication.
Take Your Medication As Instructed
Although it may be tempting to skip doses if you’re feeling better, don’t do it. To get the maximum benefit from your medication, you need to take it exactly as prescribed.
What If I Forget a Dose?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s close to the time you need to take the next dose, talk to your doctor to find out the best course of action. In some cases, it may be better to skip the dose, rather than try to make it up.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any side effects or have questions about your medication. It’s also a good idea to let your doctor know about any other new medications you need to take or if you take any supplements.
Talk To Your Health Insurance Provider
Network Health’s team of pharmacists can help answer any questions you may have about your medications as well as help you find the most cost effective options. Learn more at networkhealth.com.
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